Moodagent Plays Music to Match Your Mood

Do you have a vast music collection but find you’re sometimes indecisive as to what to listen to? Or maybe you’d just love to have a personal DJ who can read your mind and play all the right songs all the time? Moodagent is an app that creates genius playlists from your iPhone’s music library by categorizing each song’s qualities.

The results are Moodagent playlists tailored perfectly to match whatever mood you’re in, and which can be adjusted on the fly, saved and replayed and shared via social media. Plus, Moodagent’s unique technology enables the app to give you song recommendations based on the musical profile of whatever song you’re listening to — then you can buy the tracks right off of iTunes and incorporate them into your playlists. Hit the jump and I’ll show you how it works.

Generating Playlists

You have two ways to generate playlists. First, you can use the five sliders that represent sensualness, tenderness, joy, aggressiveness and tempo. Adjusting these sliders creates or updates the playlist on the fly. Or you can disable certain sliders at any time by pulling them all the way down — for example, to exclude specific mood factors when Moodagent is compiling your playlist. The sliders will automatically adjust to display the exact mood setting of the best-matching track in your library.

Create playlists by adjusting the mood-sliders or selecting a seed track from your library.

Create playlists by adjusting the mood-sliders or selecting a seed track from your library.

You can also use a seed track to create a playlist. If you’re already listening to a playlist, click the Moodagent icon next to any song in the playlist to select that song as a seed track. Moodagent will then find other songs that are in harmony with that song’s music profile and update your current playlist accordingly. You can also manually choose a song by clicking the iPod icon in the top left of the screen, which will then display a list of all the songs on your device.

Adjustments and Settings

Tapping the Moodagent icon to the right of any song calls up a number of options: You can get recommendations based on that song, use the song as a seed track, exclude the track or artist, or remove that song from the playlist. You can also get recommendations based on whatever song is playing by tapping the music note symbol in the bottom righthand corner of the screen.

Tap the Moodagent icon next to each song for more options, such as getting recommendations.

Tap the Moodagent icon next to each song for more options, such as getting recommendations.

While viewing your playlist, tapping the ledger icon in the bottom left of the screen hides the mood-sliders to expand your playlist so you can see more of your upcoming songs. Playlist length, by the way, is dictated in the settings, and you have the option of selecting 5, 10, 25, 50, 75, or 100 songs per playlist. Note, however, that if you have too few songs on your device to meet the set playlist length, Moodagent will not create a playlist for you until you adjust this setting.

In Configure and Settings you can sync your music library, determine playlist length and more.

In Configure and Settings you can sync your music library, determine playlist length and more.

To reach settings, tap the wheel in the top righthand corner of the screen, which first calls up the Configure screen. Here you’ll find the option to sync Moodagent with your library if you’ve added any new music, update your social media connections, read the Help file, see lists of any excluded tracks or artists, and adjust your settings, i.e., playlist length, mood-sliders on/off and slider labels on/off.

Save, Replay and Share

Use your finger to scroll all the mood-sliders to the left to bring up additional options.

If Moodagent makes a playlist you love, you can name it and save it to listen to again later.

If Moodagent makes a playlist you love, you can name it and save it to listen to again later.

Your playlist song titles will remain in view, but the mood-sliders will be replaced with new buttons for naming and saving the playlist, opening a saved playlist, sharing Moodagent on Twitter and Facebook, and emailing a friend about Moodagent.

The Desktop Profiler

If you’d like to create the most accurately compiled playlists, or if you sync Moodagent and the app informs you there’s no profile for a significant number of tracks (for example, if your library contains music by a lot of independent artists), consider using the Moodagent Profiler.

Moodagent's Desktop Profiler listens to your unidentified songs to create their musical profiles.

Moodagent's Desktop Profiler listens to your unidentified songs to create their musical profiles.

This desktop application (runs on Windows PC or Intel-based Macs) anonymously analyzes your music by actually listening to each of your songs, taking into account the emotion, mood, genre, sub-genre, style, tempo, beat, vocals, instruments and production features. The application then assigns a track a music profile, provided that the track carries an artist name and song title and is not protected by DRM. Profile creation is only done once, so any tracks in your library that already have existing profiles in the Moodagent Cloud will be skipped.

Final Thoughts

In addition to the free, ad-supported version of Moodagent 3.0, the app is available without ads for a cost. Aside from the ads (which aren’t really that intrusive) in the free version, downsides to Moodagent in general include the inability to create music profiles for tracks that are protected by DRM or tracks that are shorter than 30 seconds or longer than 25 minutes. But really, those downsides are hardly deal breakers.

Positives include the fact that once you have a playlist playing, you can exit Moodagent to use other apps on your iPhone and your music will continue to play. Also, all native iPhone remote control commands work in harmony with Moodagent, including placing a song on pause when you receive a phone call. And although some users might see installing the desktop profiler as an added hassle, Moodagent has at least provided very clear instructions on how to install and use the application, which removes the guesswork.

Overall, I found Moodagent to be fun, easy and useful, and because it takes more factors into consideration per song than iTunes’ Genius, the resulting playlists tended to be more accurate as far as matching moods was concerned. And remember that because Moodagent utilizes a musical cloud, the app’s accuracy and speed will continue to improve its community grows, with more songs being added every day.


Summary

Play, share and discover music that perfectly matches your mood.

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